Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Armand & Tommy - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 268
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 2.95%
Wants: 276
Gots: 65 | FT: 7
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to Steve for sharing this gem with us. Tasting a new 3 Fonteinen beer is a rare occurence, and I appreciate it very much.

Served alongside Armand '4 Lente.

The beer is golden hued, lightly hazy, with an inch or so of white head. The aroma is funky, grassy, herbal, citrus, classic 3F gueze scents, mineral water. But amid all that lingers a wild yeast funk that is noticeably different from the norm. This is certainly Tomme's contribution. Just kidding, I can't pick out any of those nuances. Not as delicious as Lente, but seriously tasty nonetheless. Tangy citrus and a hint of wheat perhaps. Great beer. (626 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Cantillon Geuze glass

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with a nice frothy White head that reduces to a solid to a solid film.

S - Big horseblanket and citrus, classic Geuze but with more intesity.

T - Big Brett flavours of sourness that is tongue tingling, followed bt grassy straw and citrus, white wine, oak. The finish slaps you with some more sourness that leaves a film on the tongue that allows you to savour the brew for minutes after you have consumed it . It has acheived the holy grail of intense sour, matched with an array of balanced flavours. It actually gets a lot better as it warms too.

M - Medium body with medium to full carbonation.

O - Classic Geuze that lifts the bar on a lot of its counterparts. The intensity is impressive and leaves you wanting more. It also manages to retain a decent head the whole way through. (857 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: What a beautiful geuze - the body is a lightly clouded, bright golden-orange and is topped by a thick white head. The head displays good retention for a sour and leaves some thick patches of lacing.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells like a delicious geuze, offering a wonderful combination of signature 3F funk and tart fruits. Notes include: Musty basement, tart citrus (lemon and orange), orange peel, old wood, damp hay, cider vinegar, a little oak, dry grass, tart white grapes, tart stone fruit, a hint of cheese, a dusty earthy character, a light metallic note and periodically a whiff of a leafy/herbal character. The nose is also quite acidic, I think this is going to be a fairly sour geuze.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is a delicious geuze and one of the more sour geuzes I have had. Flavour notes include: Musty basement, tart lemon, lemon peel, green apple peel, cider vinegar, old wood, some hay, tart white grapes, light apricot, a mildewy note, a very earthy character and a touch of oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (high for a geuze), with a medium/high level of amazingly creamy carbonation. The mouthfeel added to the wonderful acidity make this an amazingly drinkable geuze, I am regretting sharing this with my friends, as I would have happily finished the whole bottle myself.

Overall: Armand & Tommy blend is another outstanding sour from the guys at Drie Fonteinen and is right up there with the Armand seasons series. Highly recommended for any lover of sours.

On a side note, I have heard a few people say that this is the same beer as Golden blend, but this is most certainly NOT the case. I did not taste them side by side, but even from memory the differences are clear. (1,808 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Dan for sharing.

a - gorgeous yellow orange. thin foamy head.
s - really nice. grassiness. very fruity.
t - grassiness. earthiness. nice balance although a bit on the earthier side, but good sourness and some subtle fruit.
m - smooth. easy drinker.
o - overall, really nice. great blend. (527 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, ordered (very luckily) by my tasting group from Etregourmet. Poured into a 3F wine-style glass alongside all four Armand'4s as part of a ridiculous Lambic tasting.

A: Mainly clear medium-amber body under a thick, glass-filling tower of off-white foam. Great retention and lace, especially for the style.

S: Interesting balance of classic 3F funk - earthiness, minerality, cheesiness - with heavy ripe fruitiness. Plum, apricot, and orange, as well as some bell pepper. Excellent.

T: Sharply acidic, with huge lemony sourness up front. Grape skin and earthy funk behind. Clean, sour, medium-dry finish. Really great, but very different from the nose.

M: Lively, spritzy-at-first-creamy-thereafter, medium body. Perfect.

O: Yet another beautiful Geuze from my favorite Lambic producer. While I wasn't quite as blown away by it as I was by all four seasons, it certainly held its own in the line-up. The aroma in particular contained some distinctive fruity notes that came as a surprise. It's well-worth trying if you get the chance, but unless you're an obsessive completist (yes, I'm guilty as charged) you'd be better served going after something like 3F Oude Geuze Vintage or any of the Armand'4s.

Cheers! (1,227 characters)

Photo of tendermorsel
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this a few times. Most recently with my best buddy thepeter. This was actually a morning tick!

Straw colored. Minimal head. Extremely spritzy. The carbination was long lasting as I savored my glass over about 20-30 minutes of sippin.

So well balanced. Even for an Armand beer. Funky sour earthy flavors one right after another. Quite a funky nose. Absolutely delicious. Tart and refreshing. Down and dirty.

Highly reccomended for any Gueuze hound. One of the best DF beers I have ever tried. An absolute masterpiece of Gueuze blending. (552 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in my fridge since a short time after the sour and bitter fest where it was acquired and sent to me by a very generous trader. Poured from a 750ml into a matching 3F geuze tumbler. The brew appears a hazy golden cooper color with some green looking tint around the edges. An effervescent amount of carbonation rushes the surface and produces 3+ fingers of fluffy white head. It leaves some patches of lace sticking to the wall of the glass.

The smell includes a solid bouquet of citrus and rindy elements mixed with earth and a hint of something along the lines of moist cork. A tropical aspect runs throughout with more focus on fruity rinds, zest and pulp somewhat like lemon and orange. This is a bright smelling geuze with subtle hints of funky earthen character.

The taste is more earthy than the aroma would lead you to believe. A solid rind to pulp flavor of lemon and oranges is present just like the aroma suggested. Mid palate is a flavor of earth, cork, and a mild hint of wet cardboard. This brew has a percieved bitterness of rindy fruit thatbis bright and citrusy leanin toward lemon. Overall a solid blend of flavors that is quite approachable without the acidity being too intense.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to effervescent amount of lively carbonation that is uplifting and tingly to the palate. A solid amount of complexity with a bit more perceived botterness than one might expect. Very drinkable with seemingly no alcohol impact. I dont know what the story is with this beer. Perhaps it just wasnt a widely talked about brew or was lost behind the magic re-release of framboos? I cant believe more people arnt talking about this, its fantastic and id love to have more. (1,721 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of claaark13, thanks Sean!

This one pours a dark copper in color, very cloudy, with a two finger off white head. The nose is very fresh with a ton of wild yeasts. It's very sharp and dry. The funk is both young and very sharp. I would say its closest to Tilquin on the nose. The flavors are smooth and very well integrated. Instead of being dry it actually makes my palate water. It has nice funk but stimulates your taste buds ina ridiculously approachable manner.It drinks light and off dry. This is incredibly sessionable for a Gueuze. Overall this beer is pretty stellar. It is light, has great flavor, and is a beer to drink by yourself. Hoard away! (I wish I had a bottle) (688 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another offering from these guys and i love Port brewing too,it pours a golden orange hue with a huge fluffy four finger head and sudsy clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is green apples,white grapes,vineger,a touch of caramel and a slight mustiness,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and tart with tastes of white grape vinegar,granny smith apples,herbal hops,a touch of funk with the finish being sour,dry and tart,overall its nice but still abit young and be even nicer with some age on it cheers. (507 characters)

Photo of tiong
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, originally rated on 18.8.2012.

Bottling date: 2011/02/17 - Pours orange with a large foamy white head. Aroma of tart fruits and berries, some earthy notes and spices. Taste is crisp and sour with some tart fruits, hints of berries and spices. Finish is tart and slightly sour with some berries. Quite carbonated, but still very tasty, balanced, sour and tart geuze. (380 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Pours yellow with ample carbonation -- too much actually, needing some vigorous swirling to bring it back down. The lambic used is old but this tastes young somehow, very bright and sour, funky lemonade, acidic lemon zest, palate zapping with even some bitterness in the finish. (320 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a tall white head. Very funky on the nose, musty, sweaty, and barnyardy. Lemon zest and a pleasant lactic acidity. The flavor is quite dry with good lactic tartness, citrus zest, and plenty of must, barnyard, and sweat funk aromas. As always with Drie Fonteinen, an excellent gueuze. (314 characters)

Photo of ChicagoJohn
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped upon my 1st bottle of many with my Swedish friends. Epic tasting night and thanks for acquirng these for me.

A - Big white head with moderately good retention with trace amounts of lacing. Digging the apricot colored body it leaves behind.

S - Lemon citrus smell with a surprisingly amount of grassy funk in the nose that's surprising for such a young gueuze. I cannot wait to taste how this will develop when I age them and open years to come.

T - More sour than I expected for such a young blend and a little bit surprised about the slightly sharper acidity. Perhaps my palate's a little bit distorted as this was one of five sours opened that night but it's a little bit unruly. Lots of lemon notes with slight amounts of passionfruit in the taste. Surprised at the funky dank taste but in a good way.

M - Large amounts of carbonation, medium full body that gives it a good mouth feel.

O - Cannot wait to see how this will taste with age. Really looking forward to its maturity as this will only get better. (1,026 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same along with a slightly cheesy flavor that I don’t get any indication of in the smell. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink but I think this one smells better than it tastes. (602 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/6/2012

Bottle shared by Jason. Thanks!

A: Slightly hazy yellow orange with an enormous white head.

S: Musty, woody, and slightly horsey. Lots of earth and mineral with some mushroom character. Pleasant fruity notes are evident, reminiscent of apricot and lemon. Really funky.

T: Woody and tart with some leather. Moderate citric acidity with pervasive lemon and apricot. Light lactic character and some brackish notes. Very earthy and funky. Dry and tannic finish.

M: Very high carbonation. Light in body. Tannic and dry.

Overall: A really nice Gueuze. Surprisingly complex for one so young. (600 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Chicago Burbs Thursday Mega Tasting.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow color, white head, spotty lace.

S - Lots of funk, must, hay, barnyard, citrus sweetness, oak. The tart notes are really nice and there's a light acidity as well. The blend is really spot-on...yum.

T - Funky citrus sweetness, oak, hay, must, and barnyard. The citrus and funk work perfectly together, and everything is just so smoothed out. Finish is tart citrus and funk.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry tart finish.

O - An excellent blend and this really tastes like a 3F Oude Gueuze Vintage from 2002 or 2003. Just superb. I want more of these immediately...in fact, I demand it! Get this now!

Side note: We had this after Loerik, which was a mistake, because it wasn't nearly that good. However, this is an really excellent Gueuze and I would suggest stocking up. (857 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge, huge thanks to GT2 for opening a bottle of this at a recent tasting. Served in a mini snifters. Pours a clear golden color with a nice, fluffy white head and good sticky lacing on the way down. Thin collar. The nose carries plenty of funk, including some damp hay, earth, lemon rind, bits of other citrus, and hints of strawberry. The flavor was similarly complex, with great acidic balance against a fairly-heavy funk. Heavy barnyard and hay alongside lemon, additional citrus, and mild strawberry seed. Body was light and crisp with a beautiful lactic and citric acidity. Extremely drinkable and enjoyable. Armand strikes again. (636 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #2450. Thanks to Jason for sharing this on a random Thursday night. Served in tulip.

A - Big white foam that has nice retention and settles to a solid cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Murky orange body.

S - A mix of horsey funk, green apples, stone fruit sweetness, light grain, some dusty basement, as well as some pungent, earthy, musky notes. Lots of green barnyard funk, and some mild lemon sourness.

T - Taste has more lemony sourness, stone and tropical fruit sweetness, lots of dirty socks and earthy barnyard, kiss of oak. You can perceive the relationship to the Armand'4 series, but this seems significantly more sour - guessing that was due to Tomme's input? He certainly loves acidity.

M - Medium body, lively carbonation, dry and tannic texture, and no obvious alcohol.

D - A superior gueuze, with a more sourness than you'd expect from a young Drie Fonteinen offering. I greatly enjoyed my multiple pours of this one and may need to track down a bottle for myself. Thanks a bunch Jason! (1,012 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first had this at Sour & Bitter in May 2012 and scored it a 2.93 overall. I found it somewhat too acidic for my tastes, and the feel was too bubbly and champagne like. We had another bottle in March 2013 and I enjoyed it much more, so I've edited my score. Either the beer has improved in the bottle already, or my tastes have changed.

From a 75cl bottle into a beer glass.
Bottled 17 February 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a large, fluffy white head with good retention. Cloudy gamboge orange in color. Head eventually fades to a wisp that remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

SMELL Very funky for sure, with some sour vinegar notes as well. Light lemon citrus qualities show through as well and soome sour green apples, but these are somewhat outplayed. Bold and definitely piercing. Enticing for sure.

TASTE: Lemon, citrus and funky barnyard flavors up front. Lots of sourness at the swallow with a bold but relatively dry finish of sour lemon and a light, floral hop bitterness. Not nearly as acidic as I remember it fresh off the press, but an acidic bite is still there at the swallow. Plenty of complexity here, with lots of sourness and citrus lemon flavors lingering nicely. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Not as champagne-like as when fresh, but still lighter with more than enough carbonation for the style. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine, much smoother than before, and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: While I found this one to be the most difficult and displeasing of the night at S&B, a year later, I enjoyed this much more. The flavor seems more complex and the acidity has died down some. Either that, or my palate has changed enough that I interpret it differently. The feel has also mellowed out a touch, making it easier and more enjoyable to drink. I enjoyed this one much more than I thought I would, and I'd be glad to see what some more time in the bottle does here. Recommended. (1,997 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another awesome beer at Sour and Bitter. Poured into my stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with two fingers of thick white head and good retention. As the head fades it leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Funk with some sweet malt. No real citrus tartness. Mild alcohol in there as well.

Taste: Some tartness here unlike the smell. Funk with an aged hop bitterness. The finish is rather funky and tart. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A bit more tartness would have been ok, but that's just nitpicking. I would love to have more in the future. (647 characters)

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Armand & Tommy from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
95 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.